Lark Singer – Starlight Chronicles Book Two by Lisa Orchard

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Lark Singer – Starlight Chronicles Book Two by Lisa Orchard
Publisher: Eskape Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (288 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4 stars
Review by Orchid

Lark Singer is seventeen years old and already on the way to a brilliant music career. As she and her band, Starlight, gear-up for an upcoming, life-changing band competition, though, life seems to be throwing her a few curve balls.

The mysteries of her past seem to be unraveling, and she’s no longer certain she wants to know those answers, or how knowing about her past will affect her difficult relationship with her mother. And when her best friend, Bean, changes things between them, all her plans for a musical future are placed in jeopardy. How can she balance her unraveling personal life to keep her musical goals on track?

Lark’s dislike of her mother’s boyfriend causes tension between mother and daughter.

Lark’s band is increasing in popularity as they play every Friday night at a local bistro. This also helps them prepare for a band concert they hope to win. Beanie, the drummer, is Lark’s boyfriend and the third member of the band is Stevie the bass player. Lark writes a lot of the songs they sing, but they also play some of the ‘golden oldies’.

A few items go missing from Lark’s home and her mother accuses Beanie, who denies any involvement. They continue playing and practicing for the competition, despite Lark’s mothers disapproval of her attachment to Beanie.

This is the second book of this series. I haven’t read the first one so cannot comment on whether the story flows from one to the other, but I would imagine it does if the first is as well written as this one. Lark appears to be a smart young woman, but her thoughts reveal her inner turmoil. She doesn’t believe Beanie has stolen from her mother, but has to admit to herself that circumstances prove otherwise. I think Beanie is using his lifelong friendship with Lark to get what he wants.

The story becomes a little jumbled and at times some of the dialogue is dated, but on the whole the characters are believable and realistic. I enjoyed reading this book, and feel it’s a great story for young adults.

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